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VRE: Infection Control Screen (Bacteriology, Oxford Road Campus)

General information

Specimen container: Unless otherwise stated, swabs for bacterial and fungal culture should be taken with a liquid eSwab

Specimen type: Liquid eSwab


Specimen transport: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48hr are undesirable

Special precautions: Rectal swabs should be submitted under the direction of the Infection Control Team or Consultant Microbiologist.

Laboratory information

Turnaround time for provisional result (working days): 2 days

Turnaround time to final result (working days): 3 - 4 days

Clinical information

Factors known to significantly affect the results: Specimens should be transported and processed as soon as possible to prevent deterioration.